Here’s the worst finish by any angler who won AOY (or led through the regular season): 2006 – Michael Iaconelli – 66th 2007 – Skeet Reese – 67th 2008 – Kevin VanDam – 56th 2009 – Skeet Reese – 29th 2010 – Skeet Reese – 59th 2011 – Kevin VanDam – 33rd 2012 – Brent Chapman – 68th
We're almost back to the Cooter's Pond Landing and we saw Casey Scanlon fishing near the downtown ampitheatre. Timmy Horton was about a mile downriver from him. We stopped to chat with Jeremy Starks who reports he had five fish, but they're only going about 10 pounds.
Cajun Baby Cliff Crochet feels right at home with this huge alligator. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ross Terrell.
We spotted a spectator on the bank near Jones Bluff Dam.
A Mike McClelland sighting. He's fishing near an old train bridge that spans the Alabama River just outside of downtown Montgomery. We heard some reports earlier that he was catching some good fish. He's throwing a spinnerbait toward a flooded tree just offshore. There a couple of horses feeding in a field behind him onshore. Looks like there are a couple of hosses in the livewell, too. He reports he has five fish that go about 15 pounds so far.
Brent Chapman with a 2.5 lb spot. This fish culled and brought his total weight up to 14.5 lbs. By Marshal Jace Hilton.
Alton Jones lands fish No. 6. It's culling time.
We found Paul Elias and Bernie Schultz fishing 50 feet apart not far from downtown Montgomery, maybe 10 minutes from here. Elias said he has about 13 pounds, and Schultz said he isn't faring as well. Elias said most of his action came earlier this morning, which seems to be the story on this part of the river. We're taking off again.